Martha Cook Building

Change at MCB Part III: Afternoon Tea

If there has been one constant over MCB’s first 100 years, it is probably afternoon tea.  But even this iconic element has undergone changes in practice almost from day one.  It began as a daily routine when the Building opened and was meant to be a mechanism for teaching social skills to the young women of the Building.  While it may have done that too, the young women of the Building chose to make the affair their own and determined it would be a respite from the cares of the academic world and would have “a cozy atmosphere that promotes closer understanding and fellowship,” as it was put in the 1924 Annual.

Pouring tea

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